Schedule at a Glance


MCEL 2022 Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - Pre-Conference

10:00 am - Noon - MTSBA Board Meeting
Noon - 5:00 pm
Registration - Hilton Garden Inn

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – MCEL Partners
Embracing Personalized Learning: The stakes could not be higher!
Over the past decade, the laws encompassing public education in Montana have been written to allow unprecedented flexibility.  With the 2023 Legislative Session just around the corner the issue of “Value of Public Education” is already front and center.  A question that can already be heard echoing in the halls is can private education do it better? The MCEL partners will walk participants through what options and flexibilities our public schools currently have for personalized learning, discuss stumbling blocks our public schools have encountered, and a preview of what we can expect from the 2023 Legislature and the push for charter schools if our local public schools do not embrace the flexibilities that support personalized learning.

2:45 pm – 4:45 pm – MTSBA Legal/Strategic Planning Staff
Parent and Community Engagement and Strategic Governance
It’s one thing to talk about flexibilities, options, and personalized learning but how can it be made a reality in your district?  After learning about all the various options school districts can utilize under current Montana Law, MTSBA staff will walk participants through how to effectively and positively engage parents and community members through the trust and transparency that can be effectuated through (1) embracing our open meeting laws and (2) a commitment to strategic and visionary leadership and governance.


Thursday, October 20, 2022

8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Registration - Hilton Garden Inn
8:15 - 11:30 am -
Welcome - Awards - OPENING KEYNOTE
11:30 am - 1:00 pm -
Lunch on your own
1:00-1:50 pm - Clinic Session I - 3 concurrent breakout sessions
2:00 - 2:45 pm - Clinic Session II - 4 concurrent breakout sessions
3:00 - 3:50 pm - Clinic Session III - 4 concurrent breakout sessions
4:00 - 5:00 pm - ISBC Board Meeting
4:30 - 6:30 pm - MASBO Board Meeting
4:30 - 7:00 pm - SAM Board Meeting
6:00 - 8:00 pm - Joint MREA & MCS Reception - Everyone welcome


Friday, October 21, 2022

7:00 - 8:00 am - MSGIA/MTSUIP Membership Meeting and Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 am -
MASBO, SAM Membership Meetings, MTSBA Delegate Assembly
9:10 - 10:00 am - Clinic Session IV- 2 concurrent breakout sessions
10:10 - 11:00 am - Clinic Session V - 4 concurrent breakout sessions
11:10 am - Noon - Clinic Session VI - 4 concurrent breakout sessions
12:10 - 1:00 pm - CLOSING KEYNOTE

Subject to change


2022 MCEL Opening Keynote Speaker

Jason Russell, Secure Education Consultants

Lessons Learned. . . Crisis Response During One School’s Tragedy

Jason Russell is often asked to assist in post-incident recovery and management. On November 30, 2021, Jason was called to Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan to provide guidance and support to the Oxford School District leadership after the tragic shooting which claimed the lives of four students and injured several other students and staff. His assistance began just minutes after the incident; Jason continues to be an integral part of the district’s safety and security team today.

In this session, Jason will discuss his role and responsibilities from the moment he arrived at Oxford High School. He will describe the procedures and responses the school district implemented, with his guidance, after the incident and the impact those had on managing during a time of crisis. Specifically, Jason will discuss the importance of crisis communication, the need for critical incident response and the legal ramifications for the school district and associated personnel. In addition, Jason will discuss the need for a behavioral threat assessment to identify students in crisis and the resources for mental health support.  Join Jason to learn strategies that will hopefully assist in preventing a terrible event such as this one from occurring in Montana public schools.


Jason is the founder of Secure Education Consultants, LLC (SEC) and is its President and Chief Executive Officer.  He is responsible for overseeing all company operations, product development, and quality assurance. SEC is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan and serves 100’s of clients in over 30 states.

Prior to founding SEC, Jason served with the United States Secret Service as a Special Agent. During his tenure, Jason was involved in protective and investigative assignments as well as protecting the President and Vice President along with all living former Presidents. In addition to protection assignments, Jason served as the Secret Service Lead Instructor at the International Law Enforcement Academy, a Physical Fitness Coordinator, and on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Jason began his law enforcement career with the Lansing Police Department (LPD). While with the LPD, Jason was recognized with a lifesaving award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Jason has worked on the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and various multi-jurisdictional enforcement initiatives.

Jason is a frequent Keynote and content speaker at conferences on the topics of emergency preparedness, active shooter response, and safety and security process.  Jason additionally has taught criminal investigation and security courses as an adjunct professor.

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Jason holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University and his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Security Management from Michigan State University.


2022 MCEL Closing Keynote Speaker

Levi Horn, sponsored by ISBC

Former Griz and Chicago Bear Levi Horn will share some of his uplifting story about the impact education and educators have had in his life. Plus, explore our “Why” and practice some self-care. 

Levi’s emphasis on empowering and supporting youth in pursuing excellence will give us just the right send-off at the end of MCEL 2022. We are excited to have him back in Missoula and appreciate the support and leadership of MTSBA’s Indian School Board Caucus in making it happen.

An excerpt from Levi’s website provides a preview of his keynote:

I started my football career in high school and became an All-State tight end my senior year for Rogers High School in Spokane, WA. I received a scholarship to the University of Oregon.  I was not ready for this first year of college and transferred to the University of Montana where my mentors and coaches helped me attain All-American status by my senior year and my shot at the NFL.

We as Native Americans have always known words have power and I spread hope through the power of positivity. I first shared when I was six years old that I wanted to play in the NFL and was laughed at. I look to empower our youth to set a dream and shoot for it. We must not perceive failure as a negative, but a lesson learned in our journey.

Accolades -
2005-First Team All-State Tight End 
2009-First Team Big Sky Left Tackle
2009-Third Team All American Associated Press and The Sports Network
2009-First Team All-American AFCA
2009-University of Montana Paul Weskamp Award
2011- Top 40 under 40 National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 

Tribal Affiliations
Northern Cheyenne 
Blackfoot (Blood Tribe)
Gros Ventre

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